Monday, March 26, 2012

Rhinestone Templates

So I ordered some of the green template material for rhinestones and was playing with it over the weekend, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.  So many possibilities!!  I made a rhinestone template to make school spirit t-shirts.  There were so easy, I made four of them.  I admit it it, I am hooked on bling!!

I am going to work up a tutorial as soon as I can on how I did mine.  There are so many awesome tutorials out there, I kind of took a little from each!!

Anyway, now that I am hooked on rhinestones I am getting hooked on designing rhinestone templates.  here is one I will share with you today, look for more in the days to come.  This is a chili pepper made for 10ss stones.  Regardless of the program you use, make sure you re-size the file to 2.504 wide by 3.411 high if it doesn't come in at that size.  The thing about the rhinestone templates is you can NOT re-size them.  They are made for a specific size stone and if you try to re-size them for a different size stone I understand it doesn't work so great.  Although, I am trying to figure out a method to do that.  I'll be sure to share if I figure it out. 
  If you like the free rhinestone template of the chili pepper you can download the SVG file here and for you Silhouette Studio users in DXF format here.  Do share if you make something with it and happy blinging!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Guest Bloggers Coming Soon . . . .

Do you have a blog??  Do you want to try out the world of blogging??  Either post a comment to this post or e-mail me at if you are interested in becoming a guest blogger!!  It is a great way to increase traffic to your blog or try out the world of blogging. 

If you have a blog and are looking for some guest bloggers of your own, shoot me an e-mail.  I am happy to visit other BFF's out in cyberspace!!

Look for guest bloggers in the next couple weeks!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rhinestones and Heat Transfer Vinyl

No files to share today, only a project.  Sorry for the crappy cell phone picture, my camera is misbehaving today!  I made this for a friend's little girl to wear when she cheers her older brother and sister on at their sporting events.  It is size 10ss rhinestones for the M and the word Moorhead for our high school sports teams is cut out of glittery heat transfer vinyl.  I wish I could remember what font I used for the word Moorhead.  I usually make note of it, but I didn't this time.  Anybody know??

To make it, I cut a rhinestone stencil out of freezer paper. I used the Sure Cuts Alot program to do this but there is also a rhinestone feature in Make the Cut and the Silhuette Studio software.  I think you need the designer edition of Silhouette Studio to do rhinestones.  When I design my rhinestone templates I use a stone size for my design that is 3-4 sizes larger than the actual stone size I am using.  For this one I designed it using the 13ss sized stones knowing I was using 10ss sized stones.

I think freezer paper cuts best shiny side up, so I flip my image as the shiny side will be placed facing down on your tshirt.  Then I iron the freezer paper, shiny side down, onto my shirt using a cotton setting on my iron and NO STEAM.  I then placed the rhinestones using my template and heat set them in place using my trusty iron.  Remember to place a towel or something in between the front and back of your shirt as sometimes the glue on the back of the rhinestones can bleed through causing stains, or worse, gluing the front and back of your shirt together.  Follow the directions that come with whatever rhinestones you use for application. 

Freezer paper stencils also work GREAT with fabric paint.  Just another project to add to your to-do list!!  As always, thanks for looking!!